Rénard Harris

Vice President of Access and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer


Office Address
Robert Scott Small Building
175 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843.953.5079
E-mail: harrisr@cofc.edu

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Rénard Harris is the Vice President of Access and Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer at the College of Charleston (2016-present). His primary responsibilities are to raise the visibility of the institution’s diversity efforts by building collaborative relationships, unifying the campus by educating and highlighting the core essence and strengths of various identities, guiding diversity programs and workshops, and creating initiatives that improve the success of underserved students.

Harris has been at the College of Charleston since the fall of 2005. He began as a faculty member and was promoted to associate professor of teacher education in 2013.

Since his time at the College of Charleston and several years prior, he has explored multicultural education, diversity, equity, and inclusion, storytelling, the Blues as story, cultural responsiveness and bias. He is often called upon to serve as a keynote speaker, diversity facilitator and consultant for businesses and educational institutions.

Harris holds an Ed.D. in teacher education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., where he completed his dissertation entitled An Interpretive Analysis of the Formative Period of Journal Publications Related to Multicultural Education, 1977–1987, under the guidance of chair Thomas Turner. He completed an M.S. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Tennessee and taught for five years at Alcoa Middle School in Alcoa, Tennessee.


2005: Ed.D. in Teacher Education, University of Tennessee
1998: Ed.S. in Education Administration and Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University
1995: M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee
1989: B.A. in Business Administration, St. Mary’s University

Career Highlights

2020–Present: Vice President of Access & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston 2019–2020: National/International Keynote Speaker, Diversity and Race
2016–2020: Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston
2013–2016: Associate Professor of Teacher Education; College of Charleston
2005–2013: Assistant Professor of Teacher Education; College of Charleston

Honors and Achievements

2020: EAB’S Emerging Higher Education Leaders Fellowship
2020–present: Board Member, Kids on Point
2009: Excel Award